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For-Credit Application Process

Internships offer more than busy work and coffee runs. That is to say, a quality internship should provide learning opportunities with supportive employers. Above all, an internship should help you gain experience, build a network and explore career paths as a College of Business and Economics (COBE) student.

General Guidelines

Before reading this content, please note that the information on this page is provided as a quick reference. Moreover, all official degree requirements are published in respective academic catalogs. Find your catalog on the Registrar’s site.

Here are things to consider if you are interested in earning credit for an internship:

  • Duties must align with a COBE academic discipline and meet planned learning objectives
  • Registration for academic credit is subject to approval by each department
  • For-credit internships usually have pre-requites such as class standing, minimum GPA, etc.
  • Every 45-50 hours worked equals one academic credit
  • You must complete all internship hours in the same semester that you apply for academic credit
  • There may be limits to the number of internship credits you can apply to your degree requirements

Application Instructions


Start by asking a COBE Academic Advisor if you can use internship credit toward your degree requirements. During required undergraduate advising, an advisor can help identify if you need credit and where it fits into your academic plan.

Want to meet outside of required advising? Contact COBE Advising Services today.

If you are in a fully online program, contact your program’s advising and student success team.

Gradate students should speak with their program chair or assigned faculty advisor. For Career Track MBA students, refer to these required internship steps.


After meeting with an advisor, use COBE Career Services to find and apply to opportunities. Schedule time with a career coach to draft your resume, practice for interviews, or target specific employers. You can also discover opportunities on the COBE Internship and Job Board.


Once you have found an internship and accepted an offer, complete the following steps to apply for academic credit through the University.

  1. Log into your myBoiseState account.
  2. Start this electronic application for internships by clicking the plus (+) sign next to “Internship Application for Academic Credit” on the left side of the application page.
  3. Fill out the application with as much detail as you are able.
  4. Complete the required online orientation and quiz.
  5. Submit.

To clarify, University Career Services runs this portion of the application process. Contact University Career Services directly for application assistance or review more information on internships here.


After you submit your application, it will be routed to your department’s internship coordinator (listed on this page) and site supervisor (external organization or employer contact) for approval. For this reason, we suggest reaching out to both before submitting your application.

Once your department internship coordinator and site supervisor approve your application, you will be registered. For this process, the Registrar’s Office will manually add approved credits to your class schedule.


The last day to obtain approval for all application materials is as follows:

  • Spring – February 16, 2024
  • Summer – June 26, 2024
  • Fall – September 25, 2024

For all deadlines, refer to the Boise State Academic Calendar.

COBE Internship Coordinators

AccountancyJoAnn Woodjoannwood@boisestate.eduN/A
Business and Economic AnalyticsTeagen
Career Track MBATrisha Lambtrishastevenslamb@
Information Technology ManagementTeagen
International BusinessJack 426-7410
Management: Human Resources, General Business, Entrepreneurship, Non ProfitTimothy 426-5022
Supply Chain ManagementRegis

Using Financial Aid

The University bills internship credit at the same rate as regular academic credit. This means there is an earlier deadline to have your application approved if you plan to use internship credits toward Financial Aid Eligibility. That deadline is noon on the 10th day of classes. Contact Financial Aid for more support.

Similarly, there may be additional deadlines and requirements if using Veteran Benefits. Contact Veteran Services for more support.

Internship Application FAQs

Academic Planning

Can I use internship credit to fulfill graduation requirements?

The use of internship credits depends on your major and academic plan. We never suggest paying for internship credits if they will not count toward graduation. To check if a for-credit internship fits into your academic plan, talk with an academic or faculty advisor.

Do my internship duties have to align with a COBE field of study?

Generally your internship duties need to align with your major. To confirm this, reach out to your academic department’s internship coordinator.


Can I check my internship application status?

You can check your application status by logging into myBoiseState. Once logged into the portal, click into your electronic application. Then click on “View Updates.”

How will I hear if my internship was approved?

You will get email updates throughout the application process. Be sure to check your myBoiseState email inbox. You can also check your application status online.

I'm still waiting to hear about approval...

If a few weeks have passed since submitting your application, we recommend checking a few factors.

  • Log into your application to view its status or check your myBoiseState email inbox for notifications
  • Check with your department’s internship coordinator to make sure the application was routed to them correctly
  • Check with your internship supervisor to make sure they have received and responded to the email requesting their approval
  • Still having issues? Contact University Careers Services office to address technical issues.

Course Requirements

Will there be a course component to my internship? Will I need to do anything beyond working my internship hours?

Internship course requirements vary by department. Reach out to your department’s internship coordinator for questions regarding internship course requirements. At a minimum, you will need to log hours worked.

Finding Opportunities

How do I find business-focused internship opportunities?

You can schedule one-on-one career coaching to jump-start your internship search. During your appointment, a career coach can help you strategize effective ways of connecting with business focused companies and organizations. Additionally, you can check the COBE Job & Internship Board.

What should I do if I'm not getting traction on applications?

We highly encourage you to schedule one-on-one career coaching. COBE career coaches have industry expertise and a professional network of recruiting employers.

Can I use my current job as an internship?

If you are hoping to complete an internship at your current job, your internship specific duties and hours must fall outside regularly assigned tasks and projects.

Interning Abroad

Can I receive internship credit while aboard?

Completing a for-credit internship while abroad requires preparation. To get started, we suggest you reach out to Global Learning to check what types of work, if any, your abroad program allows.


I'm having issues with how my internship credit(s) appear on my class schedule.

First, confirm with your department’s internship coordinator for what subject and how many credits you were approved. Then, reach out to the Registrar’s Office to make adjustments.

I'm still not seeing my internship credit(s) on my class schedule.

First, confirm that your internship application has been approved. You can check your electronic application’s stautus here.

If your application has been approved, but you still do not see it on your class schedule, reach out the Registrar’s Office. If your application has not been approved, reach out to your internship coordinator and your internship supervisor for assistance.

Technical Trouble

I'm having technical trouble with my internship application and/or the online orientation video and quiz.

Contact the main University Career Service office for assistance. They can help with back-end application processing. They can also troubleshoot issues with the online orientation video and quiz.